Bulk Publishing

WordPress to Hootsuite Pro provides a manual option for you to:

  1. Choose one or more Post(s),
  2. Send the status(es) defined for the Post Type under the Bulk Publish action.

Bulk Publish statuses are best for reviving (reposting) old Posts on a one time basis, that you’re not likely to update the content of very often.

Want to automatically send status updates to Hootsuite for old Posts that you’re unlikely to update?  Use the Repost Settings options.

Define Status Updates

To set your status messages for bulk publishing:

  1. In the WordPress Administration, click on the WP to Hootsuite Pro > Settings in the menu.
    WordPress to Hootsuite Pro: Settings Menu
  2. Click on the Post Type tab you’ll be Bulk Publishing
  3. Define your default status settings, and optionally define per-profile settings, under the Bulk Publish action.
    WordPress to Hootsuite Pro: Bulk Publish: Status Settings
    Refer to the Status Settings Documentation for more information on defining statuses

Select Posts to Bulk Publish through WordPress

You must be a WordPress Administrator to do this.

When viewing a list of Posts, Pages or Custom Post Types:

  • Click the checkbox beside each Post you want to send to Hootsuite
    WordPress to Hootsuite Pro: Bulk Publish: Select Posts
  • Under the Bulk Actions dropdown, choose the Send to Hootsuite option
    WordPress to Hootsuite Pro: Bulk Publish: Send
  • Click Apply

You will then be taken to WordPress to Hootsuite Pro’s Bulk Publish screen, where you can confirm the Post(s) you have selected. This is documented below.

Select Posts to Bulk Publish through the Plugin

Click on WP to Hootsuite Pro > Bulk Publish
WordPress to Hootsuite Pro: Settings Menu

Choose a Post Type

Click on the Post Type tab, relevant to the Post Type you want to publish in bulk
WordPress to Hootsuite Pro: Bulk Publish: Post Type

Choose / Filter Post(s)

Next, we’ll query our Post Type to get a subset of Posts that we can then choose to publish to Hootsuite.   Several filters are available, which allow you to determine the Post(s) that you want to select for Bulk Publishing to Hootsuite.

WordPress to Hootsuite Pro: Bulk Publish: Search

  1. Published Date: Click on the date fields, and use the datepicker to choose the start and end publication dates.
    You must specify start and end dates.
  2. Author: To only publish Posts to Hootsuite written by specific Author(s), select them by clicking the checkbox beside their username.
  3. Meta / Custom Fields: To only publish Posts to Hootsuite that contain specific Post Meta (or “Custom Field”) data, use this option
    1. Multiple Meta / Custom Field key/values can be added, if you want to restrict Posts by multiple values.
  4. Search Terms: Posts will only be published to Hootsuite if their Title or Content contain the given search term(s).
    1. If you’re looking to restrict Posts by Page Builder or Advanced Custom Fields data, you’ll need to use the Meta / Custom Fields option above with the ‘LIKE’ comparison.  Most Page Builders / ACF data is stored in Post Meta, meaning the Search Terms options here will not apply.
  5. Taxonomy Terms: Depending on your Post Type, you’ll see options to select Terms for e.g. Categories, Tags.  Posts will only be included for publication if they match any of the chosen term(s).
  6. Order By: Defines how to order Posts that will be added to your Hootsuite queue.
  7. Order: Defines the order in which Posts will be processed and added to your Hootsuite queue.  This is used in combination with the Order By setting – for example, you can choose to send Posts to Hootsuite starting with the oldest published date first.
  8. Click Choose Posts

Select which Post(s) to publish to your Hootsuite account

Based on the query conditions entered above, or the Posts chosen in the Post Edit screen, you’ll now see any matching Post(s):

WordPress to Hootsuite Pro: Bulk Publish: Select Posts

Either use the Select All option to choose to publish all Posts to Hootsuite, or use the checkboxes beside the Post(s) you want to publish to Hootsuite.

Click Publish to Hootsuite Now to publish the selected Post(s) to Hootsuite.

Publishing Progress

WordPress to Hootsuite Pro will display on screen progress whilst it publishes each of your Post(s) to Hootsuite.  Make sure you don’t close your browser window / tab until this process is complete.

For each Post and status, you’ll see an on screen message confirming whether publication succeeded or not.

WordPress to Hootsuite Pro: Bulk Publish: Log


Sometimes Bulk Publishing Posts, Pages or Custom Post Types may (or may not) send statuses as expected.

WordPress to Hootsuite Pro’s Test Mode allows you to test your Plugin and status(es) configuration, logging the result as if a status would be sent to Hootsuite, without actually sending it.

Want to test Reposting?  Refer to the Repost Settings: Testing Documentation
Want to test Publish or Update actions?  Refer to the Status Settings: Testing Documentation

1. Enable Test Mode

Enable Test Mode in the Plugin’s Settings.

2. Enable Logging

Enable Logging in the Plugin’s Settings.

3. Test: Bulk Publish

In the WordPress Administration, either:

In WP to Hootsuite Pro > Logs, filter by Result = Test:
WordPress to Hootsuite Pro: Repost Settings: Debugging: Log: Filter Results

You’ll see status(es) that would have been sent.  Make a note of any errors or issues, and make configuration changes as necessary to resolve:
WordPress to Hootsuite Pro: Repost Settings: Debugging: Log: Filter Results Example